Police arrested a Santa Rosa man Wednesday afternoon on suspicion of robbing and sexually assaulting a 20-year-old Sacramento woman in his car, a police sergeant said today. Maruo Alejo Garcia-Espinoza, 22, was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, forcible rape, robbery, and terrorist threats after he was allegedly identified as the suspect using video from a surveillance camera, police said. The victim said she accepted a ride from a man on Santa Rosa Avenue near Colgan Avenue, Sgt. John Snetsinger said. The man then drove his tan Pontiac Bonneville to a residence in the 300 block of Cottonwood Drive in Santa Rosa. Next, he drove the woman to a field off Kawana Springs Road, where he punched and strangled her, sexually assaulted her, and took her money before driving away, Snetsinger said. Detectives examined video from a surveillance camera at a nearby market where the suspect bought some items before he picked up the woman, Snetsinger said. The video showed the suspect dressed in distinct clothing and captured his vehicle leaving the market. Detectives then relayed the information to patrol officers, Snetsinger said. An officer spotted a vehicle at a tire shop in the 100 block of Sebastopol Road that matched the suspect’s vehicle, Snetsinger said. A man standing outside the car was wearing clothing depicted in the surveillance video, and evidence related to the assault was found in his car, Snetsinger said.
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